Association for Project Management

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The Association for Project Management (APM)
Professional Organization
Founded1972 , UK[1][2]
HeadquartersRegent Park, Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Key people
David Waboso, President of APM since 2015
ServicesQualifications, Memberships, Awards, Conference, Regional events, Publications
Members22,000 individual and 550 corporate members

The Association for Project Management (APM) promotes the professional disciplines of project management and programme management in the UK, where it is the largest professional body of its kind. APM received its Royal Charter in 2017.


The Association for Project Management (APM) aims to develop and promote the professional disciplines of project management and programme management, through a programme called the "FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism". APM provides products and services including registered membership and qualifications, events, publications and online services.

The Association for Project Management is a registered charity with over 22,000 individual and 550 corporate members, making it the largest professional body in the United Kingdom.[3] Its headquarters are located in Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. APM is the certification body in the United Kingdom for the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

Chartered Project Professional, ChPP [4]


The Association for Project Management was founded in 1972 as the UK branch of INTERNET, now the International Project Management Association. Weaver (2007) recalled, that:

"The UK branch of INTERNET (now the APM), was originated by the ‘pioneering seven’ whose meeting at an INTERNET (later IPMA) expert seminar in Zurich in 1971 inspired them to start a UK branch, which held its first meeting in London in May 1972. The first executive meeting on INTERNET(UK) was held in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel, Stockholm on 13 May 1972 during the 3rd annual world congress of INTERNET. Jack Grimshaw was the original chairman, others in the founding group included Dr Jim Gordon and Dennis Gower. Annual membership fees were set at ₤1, and within a month membership had reached 78 (PMI at the time were charging ₤7).[5]

With the emergence of the internet in the 1990s, the global project management association INTERNET was renamed International Project Management Association (IPMA) and the UK Branch Association for Project Management (APM).[5]

APM received its Royal Charter on 6 January 2017.[6]





APM Qualifications are designed with the intention of demonstrating to employers, clients and suppliers that the recipient is a skilled and committed project professional. Through alignment with the four level certification programme of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) they also aim to provide international recognition. Membership grades and Qualifications are not automatically linked.

The 4-level certification programme comprises:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification, or PFQ (formerly known as Introductory Certificate), to assess fundamental knowledge of project management and professional practice. This is assessed by a multiple-choice test.
  • Project Management Qualification, PMQ (formerly APMP), at SCQF Level 7, testing a broader range of knowledge, comprehension and basic skills. This is comparable to, though not equivalent to the PRINCE2 qualification. The qualification is assessed by means of a written paper.
  • Project Professional Qualification, PPQ (was Practitioner Qualification) at IPMA Level C. There are two pathways to this, one involving interviews and workshops; the other by classroom (or equivalent study) and a series of assessments against the various PPQ (subject area) modules.
  • Registered Project Professional (previously Certificated Project Manager), at IPMA Level B, providing recognition to qualified and experienced project managers.

The qualifications were rebranded in 2016.

Risk Certificate[edit]

The APM Project Management Risk Single Subject Certificate, also known as the Risk Certificate, is a two level qualification which focuses on the project management subject of risk management. Level 1 assesses knowledge of risk management, to the degree that a candidate may be able to contribute to project risk management; Level 2 additionally assess understanding and capability of risk management, to the degree that a candidate may be able to formally undertake project risk management.

Level 1 is assessed by a one-hour-long, 60 question, multiple-choice examination. Level 2 is assessed by a 3-hour and 15 minute written examination, consisting of three questions: one compulsory question and two questions selected from four optional questions. Level 1 is not a pre-requisite for Level 2, and the Level 2 certificate can be obtained without having the Level 1 certificate. However, the Level 2 certificate examination assumes that the candidate has the prior knowledge required to pass the Level 1 certificate examination.

Registered training providers offer training as well as the opportunity to sit both levels of the exam. An Open Exam for either level may also be taken directly with the APM.

APM Body of Knowledge +[edit]

The APM Body of Knowledge defines the breadth of the project, programme and portfolio management profession. It makes up one of the FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. APM has created a unique online resource that allows its users to contribute to the organic growth of the APM Body of Knowledge. This is a growing resource from the Association for Project Management featuring definitions, discussions, case studies and articles on all areas of projects, programmes and portfolios.


The APM Project Management Awards recognise what people can achieve through project management and have been celebrating excellence in the profession for over 20 years. The robust judging criteria recognise the broadening range of possibilities within project management. With a focus on achievement; the judging criteria put an emphasis on the outputs and outcomes of projects; what they aim to achieve and what their success gives back to the profession.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Patrick Weaver, The origins of Modern Project Management. 2007. (online at Accessed 25-06-2017)
  2. ^ Klaus Pannenbaecker and Sebastian Dworatschek (2005). "History of IPMA International Project Management Association (1965- 2005) and it’s National Associations...[permanent dead link]" at Accessed 26-06-2017.
  3. ^ Kogan Page Ltd, Kogan Page Page Editorial Editorial Staff. British Qualifications 2013: A Complete Guide to Professional, ..., 2013. p. 370
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Patrick Weaver (2007), The origins of Modern Project Management. p. 22-23 footnote
  6. ^ Owain. "APM receives its Royal Charter, at Posted on 6 Jan 2017. Accessed 26.06.2017.
  7. ^ Association for Project Management (2010, 13)
  8. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 27, 37)
  9. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 31)
  10. ^ APM. Directing Change : A guide to governance of project management. 2004. p. 1
  11. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 52, 64)
  12. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 67, 68)
  13. ^ "Distinguished Speaker Series : Metros – Productivity and Service by Professor Tony Ridley, Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering, Imperial College, London. United Kingdom. Friday, 7 November 2008" at Accessed 26.06.2017.
  14. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 8, 68, 87)
  15. ^ Tom Taylor announced as new president of APM, Posted by APM on 16 Nov 2012. Accessed 29-06-2017.
  16. ^ How APM is run at, 2017. Accessed 29-06-2017.
  17. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 13, 15, 16)
  18. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 15)
  19. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 30)
  20. ^ Audrey Stevenson. "Eric Gabriel obituary." The Guardian, Tuesday 22 September 2015.
  21. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 8, 55)
  22. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 61)
  23. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 50, 54, 57)
  24. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 52, 64, 65)
  25. ^ John Rodney TURNER Summary Education and Qualifications, at 03.10.2013. Accessed 26.06.2017.
  26. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 60, 69)
  27. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 71)
  28. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 71, 72, 73)
  29. ^ Tom Taylor at APM at Accessed 29-06-2017.
  30. ^ Darren Dalcher (2016), Advances in Project Management: Narrated Journeys in Uncharted Territory. p. 161
  31. ^ Association for Project Management (2010; 80, 82)
  32. ^ a b APM. "Tom Taylor announced as new president of APM," at 16.11.2012. Accessed 29-06-2017.
  33. ^ Former APM chairman Mike Nichols, Posted by APM on 13th Dec 2013. Accessed 29-06-2017.
  34. ^ "Impact of project management is far reaching - APM chairman," Posted by APM on 16th Nov 2015. Accessed 29-06-2017.

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